Undergraduate student Nicole Dill, doctoral candidate Steven Zane, and Professor Brandon Welsh publish new findings from the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study project. Published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, the article examines the historical influences on the study’s innovative research design. Begun in 1939, the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study (CSYS) is recognized as the first delinquency prevention experiment and the earliest example of a longitudinal–experimental study with criminological outcomes. The study is guided by the socio-historical approach, informed by past historical research in criminology, and draws upon a wide array of archival records and published works from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
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